KUALA LUMPUR (Aug 19): Hong Kong will not allow “vaccine recipients in Malaysia” from entering the territory from midnight tonight after authorities there announced on Tuesday that it is including 15 more countries to a “high-risk” list, Malaysiakini reported today. Malaysia will be on that list.

Hong Kong will also only recognise vaccination certificates issued by some health authorities and Malaysian certs are not on the recognition list.

The vaccination records of travellers must be issued by Hong Kong, authorities in Mainland China or Macau, or a country with “a bilateral vaccination record recognition agreement with Hong Kong”.

The newsportal report also added that vaccination certs given by any of the 36 authorities “designated by the World Health Organization as a ‘stringent regulatory authority’ are also acceptable”.

“Stringent regulatory authorities” are members of the International Council for Harmonisation of Technical Requirements for Pharmaceuticals for Human Use (ICH), its observers, and its associates.

Hong Kong authorities will soon consider 25 countries as high risk and just eight of them are classified as “stringent regulatory authorities”.

Again, Malaysia does not qualify.

Malaysia consul-general in Hong Kong, Yap Wei Sin told Malaysiakini via email that the consulate is “working on a solution” and asked “those affected by the policy to follow the consulate’s social media pages and website for updates on the matter”.

“To the affected Malaysian Hong Kong residents, please be assured that the consulate is actively looking into, and exploring feasible solutions to this matter,” Yap added.

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